June 30, 2007

Yahoo Pal is an add-on software for the popular IM software Yahoo! Messenger. It adds some features and bypasses some limitation imposed by Yahoo! Messenger, and that can make your IM more interesting.

Yahoo Pal is an invisible program, it will automatically attach to running Yahoo! Messenger and new Yahoo! Messengers you run after Yahoo Pal, and add menu bar to the Yahoo! Messenger windows. You can also quit it by clicking its menu.

Yahoo Pal Features:

· Allow multiple accounts on the same computer: By default, only one account is allowed to logon on one machine. If you have more than one Yahoo! IM account, it is definitely a problem. With Yahoo! Pal, you can log on all of your Yahoo! IM accounts if you want.

· Automatically reply when you are away: Although you can specify customized status in Yahoo! Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger won’t do auto reply for you when you are away. With Yahoo! Pal, you can specify a customized message as auto reply message, Yahoo! Pal will automatically send it for you when you enable the auto reply function in Yahoo! Pal. You can specify different auto reply messages for different accounts on the same machine.

· Hotkey to hide Yahoo! Messengers windows: To protect your conversations, you can define a hotkey for special function. Once this hotkey is pressed, all existing Yahoo! Windows including the system bar icons will be hidden automatically. If your friend sends IM to you when you already hide Yahoo!, the new IM window won’t pop up. Press the hotkey again, all Yahoo! Windows and system bar icons will appear.

· Send a random quote to your friend: Yahoo! Pal is able to print a random, hopefully interesting, adage or quote. If you used UNIX fortune before, you will have more idea about this function. Yahoo! Pal stores over 16000 quotes and adages. They cover art, computers, cookie, definitions, drugs, education, ethnic, food, fortunes, humorists, kids, law, linuxcookie, literature, love, magic, medicine, men-women, news, people, pets, platitudes, politics, riddles, science, songs-poems, sports, startrek, wisdom, work and miscellaneous. Most of them are inoffensive, and other are offensive. You can send inoffensive or offensive ones to your friend depending on your relationship with your friend.

Yahoo Pal Screenshot:

Yahoo Pal

Download Yahoo Pal from Softpedia.

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June 29, 2007

"It's actually very simple. Live Messenger get's all it's ad information from a host called rad.msn.com (remote advertisment!?) and since it's possible to tell Windows to not lookup a host through the host file and one can quickly get rid of the ads in Messenger.

You need administrative privligaes for this and if you are running Vista and have UAC enabled you need to make sure you launch both Notepad.exe and Cmd.exe with elevation (Shift right-click them in the start-menu and choose run as administrator)..."
Continue reading : Ad free Windows Live Messenger

Posted by John @ My Developer Network

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Pownce is a way to send messages, files, links, and events to your friends. You'll create a network of the people you know and then you can share stuff with all of them, just a few of them, or even just one other person really fast.

You might send an event out to a dozen of your friends letting them know you're hosting a party this Friday. They could easily get the event details you entered, respond with questions or comments and then quickly rsvp.

Say you had a great photo you wanted to share with all of your friends. Just add the file and all of your friends will get it right away. They'll be able to reply and tell you if it's cool. You could even post songs you recorded in your home studio to share with your friends.

Only the people you choose get to see what you sent. Kind of like CC'ing an email, only recipients can see and respond to what you send. You can make public notes too that (you guessed it) the public at large can read and respond to

Pownce is still in an invite only mode so the system can be monitored and scaled accordingly. Users who want to get in on this application can sign up on the Pownce website.

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June 28, 2007

MSN Nickname MakerMSN Nickname Maker allows you to automatically create cool looking nicknames to use in MSN Messenger (Windows Live Messenger).

Simply enter your nickname and get 6 different cool nickname styles for your MSN Messenger!

Some Nicknames created by this tool:

· Too Cool
· Out of my mind. Back in five minutes.
· All things being equal, fat people use more soap.
· Always tell the truth, even when you lie
· A coward dies a thousand deaths, a soldier just dies the once
· Every year more than 2500 left handed people are killed from using right handed products.
· Gold-Lust!
· 2 Cool, but hey, I ain't no fool!
· I love cats...they taste just like chicken
· Ever stop to think, and forget to start again?
· Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don't.
· Nothing is fool-proof to a sufficiently talented fool.
· Reality is the only obstacle to happiness.
· Earn easy cash in your spare time by blackmailing friends.
· Ask me about microwaving cats for fun and profit.
· I said "no" to drugs, but they just wouldn't listen
· Sarcasm is just one more service I offer.
· The higher you are, the farther you fall
· Dont steal, the government hates competition
· Alcohol, the cause and solution to all of life's problems!
· Excerceise and Diet... But you still Die.
· I'm Cool, I ain't no fool, Instead of going to school, I chill out in my swimming pool!

MSN Nickname Maker Screenshots:

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Download MSN Nickname Maker from Softpedia.

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"Hirosan caught this Japanese Coca Cola promotion.

Depending on whether you buy a Coca Cola Zero, No Calorie, or Classic, you'll enter to win a black, white or red headset for Skype. 17,000 BMH-E03 series analog headsets from Buffalo will go to the winners..."
Continue reading : Coca Cola promotes Skype in Japan

Posted by Phil Wolff @ SkypeJournal

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Meebo Rooms, Partner Edition"Web based instant messaging provider Meebo has launched “Meebo Rooms, Partner Edition”, a more corporate friendly version of Meebo Rooms.

Meebo Rooms launched in May and allows users to chat while viewing media live with instant messaging contacts, both from meebo.com and from their own sites. Over 75,000 Meebo Rooms have been created to date. The new Partners Edition offers extra functionality, including brand customization and Flash skinning, automated capacity spillover, advertising tracking, traffic and data reporting and integration with each partners’ existing registration system..."
Continue reading : Meebo Rooms Partner Edition Launches With Big Names

Posted by Duncan Riley @ Techcrunch

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June 27, 2007

"On my trip to Scotland in April, I wanted to take Skype along with me so I could check voicemail & chat messages while surfing the net on my dad's laptop. Since there is no official portable USB version of Skype, anyone wishing to carry "Skype On A Stick" needs to make a few tweaks here and there. The good news is that it is easier than you might think to achieve this. In fact, it's child's play which is really good news for a techno doof like me..."
Continue reading : Putting Skype on your portable USB stick

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June 26, 2007

"MiniMobs is a newer entry into the messaging world, however, like typical IM tools, they don't have an application or service that they specifically run on. MiniMobs lets users chat online with buddies from social networks such as Facebook or MySpace, by embedding an applet in personal pages. It's just another way to stay in touch, all the time..."
Continue reading : Chatting from a webpage with MiniMobs

Posted by Chris Gilmer @ downloadsquad

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June 25, 2007

Windows Live Messenger

"Use Windows Live Messenger? Now you’ll receive your updates for Messenger via Windows Updates. You may have noticed the Windows Update icon in your taskbar today. Click on it, and you’ll see the update for Messenger 8.5 beta. This is the first time that Microsoft has taken this route to distribute updates for Messenger..."
Continue reading : Windows Live Messenger Now Updates via Windows Update

Posted by Ashley @ Cybernet

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Google Talk Gadget Group ChatGoogle Talk Gadget, the web-based Google Talk client, now has a new feature - the Group Chat. After starting a conversation with your contact, you can invite more people to the chat by choosing the Group Chat option.

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Yahoo Messenger Twitter Sync PluginTwitter-Sync is a new plug-in from WackyB that lets you keep Twittering away when using your favorite Instant Messenger.

Yahoo Messenger Twitter Sync Plugin Features:

* Keeps your Messenger status and Twitter in synchronization with each other
* Changing your Yahoo! Messenger status updates your Twitter automatically!
* Update your Yahoo! Messenger status from anywhere in the world! Messenger status automatically updates to show your latest Twitter!
* See your friends latest Twitters right in your messenger window...
* Expanded window shows the last 10 Tweets from you and your friends
* Alerts and notifications for new Tweets received
* Twitter-Sync will NOT update your status if you are currently Invisible
* Lots of options to configure Twitter-Sync how you want!

Yahoo Messenger Twitter Sync Plugin Features:

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June 23, 2007

"I use Lotus Sametime 7.5 (and soon 7.5.1) for instant messaging at work. the memory usage is a bit tough to swallow but some of the integrated features more than make up for it.

One thing has bothered me. From the start, I tried to create some informative status messages so people could better decide how and when to reach me. I might include a different phone number when working from a remote location or I might indicate I was MBWT and would be back at a specific time. Most of these status messages were one-time deals. In a few cases they were never used (for example if I made a typo in the message).

Sametime keeps track of old status messages so you can reuse them. But what if you don’t plan to ever reuse a message ? How do you clean up that history - delete old or unused status messages ? You need to be willing to edit a couple of files. Here are the steps:"
Continue reading : Delete old Sametime 7.5 Status Messages

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June 22, 2007

"Graeme Dollar, a Senior Product Manager for voice services at Yahoo!, has a fantastic trick for reducing annoying audio feedback during voice chats.

His tip is specific to MacBook Pro users with Skype, but it can be easily adapted to just about any laptop and audio conferencing service. The trick is to simply change the speaker balance so that the audio comes out as far away from the mic as possible:"
Continue reading : Get clearer audio chats on your laptop

Posted @ LifeClever

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June 21, 2007

CallBurnerCallBurner allows you record Skype calls.

CallBurner Features:

* Crisp, clean, professional recording
* Simple, intuitive and uncluttered
* Direct to MP3 with no additional software installation required
* Record all calls, or only the ones you choose
* Optionally record direct to WAV for best possible quality
* Optionally record each side of the call to a separate file
* Convert Skype voicemails to MP3 or WAV
* Anti-drift technology keeps both sides of the call in sync
* Works with all versions of Skype from 1.3 onwards

* Ideal for recording business meetings
* Ideal for conference, seminar and lecture recording
* Ideal for podcast interview recording
* Ideal for keeping a complete archive of all calls made

CallBurner Screenshots:

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SparkSpark software was designed to be an Open Source, cross-platform IM client optimized for businesses and organizations. Spark features built-in support for group chat, telephony integration, and strong security. Spark also offers a great end-user experience with features like in-line spell checking, group chat room bookmarks, and tabbed conversations.

Sparkplugs dynamically extend the features of the Spark instant messaging client. Use Sparkplugs to customize Spark for your business or organization or to add an innovative twist to instant messaging. The extensive plugin API allows for complete client flexibility but is still simple and (we hope!) fun to use.

The Spark API provides a framework for adding extensions on top of the protocol and/or UI of the Spark client. For example, you could write your own message filter or add a button to a chat room and send files using the File Transfer API.

The Spark API has the following characteristics:

· Several event listeners to either intercept, be informed of, or execute custom code in response to a particular IM event.
· Thorough tie-ins to the UI to allow for customization from simple icon changes, to adding buttons, to adding your own menu items.
· Ability to add your own XMPP functions using the SMACK API.
· Managers - Managers allow for better (lazy) loading of particular areas within the Spark client as well as providing access points to the system. Some of the more relevant managers are:
· SparkManager -- Acts as the central manager for all of Spark. You use this manager to get instances of ChatManager, SessionManager, SoundManager, and UserManager.
· ChatManager -- Handles registration of most chat listeners and filters, as well as creation and retrieval of chat rooms. It is also used to retrieve the UI of the ChatFrame.
· SessionManager -- Contains the information about the current session, such as the server connected to, the handling of connection errors and notification of personal presence changes.
· SoundManager -- Used to play sounds.
· Event Handlers -- Spark contains numerous listeners and handlers to allow more pluggability into the Spark client. Some of the more common listeners and handlers are:
· ChatRoomListener (and ChatRoomListenerAdapter) -- Allows the plugin to listen for chat rooms being opened, closed and activated. You would generally use this to customize individual chat rooms.
· MessageListener -- Allows for notification when a message has been received or sent.
· ContactGroupListener -- Allows for notification of changes to a Contact Group.
· ContactListListener -- Allows for notification of changes to the Contact List.
· TransferListener -- Allows you to intercept File transfers.
· ContextMenuListener -- Allows for the addition or removal of actions or menu items to right-click (context menu) popups.
· PresenceListener -- Allows for notification when Spark presence changes.
· ContactItemHandler -- Allows the plugin to control the effects of presence changes within a ContactItem and the associated invoke call.
· Components -- Spark contains many Swing components that will regularly be used during the creation of your plugin. Some of the more commonly used components are :
· MainWindow -- The frame containing the Contact List. You use MainWindow to add new tabs, menu items, or force focus.
· ChatRoom -- The base abstract class of all chat rooms within Spark. Known implementations are ChatRoomImpl and GroupChatRoom.
· ChatArea -- The base chat viewer for both the TranscriptWindow and ChatInputEditor.
· ContactList -- The ContactList UI in Spark.
· ChatRoomButton -- The button that should be used to conform to the look and feel of other buttons within a ChatRoom.

Spark Screenshots:

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June 20, 2007

Pidgin-Encryption Plugin

June 20, 2007

Pidgin is a multi-protocol instant messaging (IM) client for Linux, BSD, MacOS X, and Windows. It is compatible with AIM and ICQ (Oscar protocol), MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, IRC, Jabber, Gadu-Gadu, SILC, Novell GroupWise Messenger, Lotus Sametime, and Zephyr networks.

Pidgin-Encryption transparently encrypts your instant messages with RSA encryption. Easy-to-use, but very secure.

Pidgin-Encryption Plugin Features:

* Automatically creates a public/private key pair for you upon loading the plugin
* Automatically transmits your public key to other users.
* Supports 512 - 4096 bit keys.
* Saves keys of known users, and warns you if their public key has changed.
* Embeds all encryption and keys inside HTML, so if the other user doesn't have the plugin, they will get a little message telling them about the plugin, and won't get a screen full of garbage.
* Stores keys in human readable files in your .gaim/.pidgin directory, in case you ever need to copy/edit them by hand. Which you really shouldn't have to do.
* Automatically recognizes if you are chatting with someone who has the plugin- see the Preferences dialog.
* Available for the Windows version of Pidgin.
* Modular and extensible. If you want to define a different type of encryption, you can use this plugin as a wrapper to take care of transporting the encrypted binary over the IM pipe.

Encrypted Conversation Screenshots:

Pidgin Encryption Plugin Pidgin Encryption Plugin

Related post: A Reason to use Pidgin : Encryption !

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"Yahoo! Messenger is my primary instant messenger client that I use whether I at home or at the office. But in this new version, Yahoo! Messenger is using new alert sounds and personally, I don’t like them. I’m more preferred using the old sounds. But how we can get them? Here I will share with you on how you can get the old Yahoo! Messenger sounds back."
Continue reading : Get the old Yahoo! Messenger sounds back

Posted @ Cyberhackz

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"There is a new desktop application in the works that is going to integrate an instant messenger application with the Facebook platform. This is pretty slick. The application will display all of your friends and allow video chat, video messaging, and more.

Airwaves is a combination of Adobe’s AIR (previously Apollo) and the Yahoo! Messenger Vista client. While there has been much discussion throughout the blogosphere already, I couldn’t help but comment on it. This is what I always expected of an instant messaging client. I have always theorized about an instant messaging application that gives you access to all of your friend’s profiles, pictures, videos, and friends directly from the application itself. Having access to all of your contacts and their self-expressive media from one simple application would be a revolution in communications..."
Continue reading : Instant Messaging on Facebook

Posted by Nick O'Neill allfacebook

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June 19, 2007

Over the course of 20 days in May and June, the community of Webware.com users voted for its favorite Web applications.

These are the winners in communication category, determined by Webware readers and the fans of the sites that made the final cut.

Person-to-person communications platforms: E-mail, chat, voice:

* Gmail
* Trillian
* Windows Live Messenger
* Skype
* Meebo
* GrandCentral
* Yahoo! Mail
* Yahoo! Messenger
* Windows Live Hotmail

via BigBlueBall Forums

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Skype Help Messages
"By default, Help, Skype tips and Promotions are displayed at the bottom of the Contacts and Call Phones tabs on the Skype interface. If you're like me, you'd prefer to not have these messages showing up. To disable these messages, follow these steps:"
Continue reading : Skype: Disable Promotions, Tips, and Help Messages from Displaying

Posted @ tech-recipes

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June 18, 2007

SplitCam is a freeware virtual video clone and split video capture driver for connecting several applications to a single video capture source.

Usually, if you have a web camera or video camera connected to your computer, you cannot use it in more than one application at the same time, and there is no standard Windows options that makes it possible.

Split Camera driver allows you to easily multiply your web-camera (any models), video cameras ( any model: analog or ditial : VHS, DV, TV-IN or TV-tunner ) in video chat or video conference software like ICQ, Yahoo Messenger, MSN Messenger, Skype Video, Camfrog, AOL AIM, Pal Talk, or whatever... and to broadcast it to many users at a time. With SplitCam you can connect up to 64 clients to a single video source.

You can as well use SplitCam to send your home videos at the same time to many video conference programs, for example your friend using MSN messenger can see your home video or your favorite DVD disk live and other friend uses Yahoo messenger want to see it too so how can you at the same time to send it to both of them and to see it on your computer as well? SplitCam allow this operation to happen, you can watch the video file and at the same time to send it over the internet to any video chat or video conferencing software, we are the only software on the net that allow it.

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June 17, 2007

Viruses can infect everything from computers to cell phones, and they can be spread numerous ways. One of the increasingly popular ways that viruses spread is through instant messaging services such as AIM, Yahoo, and MSN. Because these viruses often spoof the identity of friends on a buddy list, users of these services are highly susceptible to infection unless proper precautions are taken. Here are several rules for using instant messaging services securely:
Continue reading : Instant Messaging Security

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June 16, 2007

ooVoo helps you connect with your friends, family, and business associates like you've never done before with high-quality video and sound.

ooVoo is a free application which uses state-of-the-art audio and video technology enabling you to meet over the Internet using live video. It's the closest thing to being there with your family, friends and people you meet with. You can participate in a video conversation one-on-one or with up to 6 participants using a standard computer (Pentium 4 1 GHz or higher) with just a web camera and headset (or microphone and speakers).

The video and audio is of superb quality and only requires a standard broadband Internet connection (such as DSL or cable). You can see which contacts are online and easily call them for a live video conversation. The application is easy to use and also enables you to record and send video messages, chat with friends, and share files.

ooVoo Features:

· Start a face-to-face conversation and include up to five people
· Tired of typing emails? Give your hands a break and send a video message to one friend or a group
· Bring your blog or MySpace page to life with an ooVoo link

ooVoo Screenshots:

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June 15, 2007

Gizmo"One of the reasons I haven't used AIM or MSN Messenger in years is due to the IM chat built in to Skype. I use the voice service of Skype far more than the chat function, so while Skype is up and running all the time for me, AIM and MSN Messenger aren't.
Gizmo is a Skype alternative that I've tried in the past as well, but I may revisit it now that they've added support for the two big IM platforms. If you're a Gizmo-gabber, check your Contacts upon your next login. You should see a contact named "Add AIM, MSN, Y! buddies..."
Continue reading : Gizmo adds IM support for AIM and MSN

Posted by Kevin C. Tofel @ JkOnTheRun

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Yesterday eBuddy launched a new Ajax based beta messenger for web and mobile.

eBuddy is a free web based messenger that enables you to chat with your MSN and Yahoo and AIM buddies. No downloads or registration required!

To use the web version of eBuddy and all you need is a Javascript enabled browser on your computer. You can access eBuddy from any computer or location and it even works behind a firewall.

New eBuddy Web Messenger Beta Features:

# Complete overhaul of the web based versions of AOL / Yahoo and MSN. The three separate clients are now integrated in a multi network client.
# The new client is written with eBuddy's in house developed AJAX framework.
# New features will be released soon: most importantly eBuddy accounts, more networks (icq, gtalk, qq etc) and features currently supported in eBuddy msn client like drag and drop contact management, group chat and custom emoticon support.

Public link: http://www.ebuddy.com/

New eBuddy Web Messenger Beta Screenshots:

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Another exciting new beta release is the mobile J2ME client that will greatly improve the chat user experience on mobile devices. The ‘eBuddy Mobile Messenger’ is a downloadable application for over 300 of the most used phones worldwide.

New eBuddy Mobile Messenger Beta Features:

# Supports > top 300 most used mobile phones
# Fast response
# Multi-network: MSN, Yahoo and AIM in one buddylist
# Sound, vibration, emoticons support.
# Minimal data usage
# Low battery usage
# Simple & clean user interface for the best chat experience.

Public link: http://www.ebuddy.com/mobilebeta/

eBuddy's Mobile Internet version will still be available. Point your mobile browser to mob.ebuddy.com for a basic chat experience without installation of an application.

New eBuddy Mobile Messenger Beta Screenshots:

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June 14, 2007

fix8"Sherman Oaks company fix8 brings the world of computer generated animation to the webcam with software being pitched as “User-Generated Reality”.

fix8 combines video, animation and instant messaging that allows users to create their own partial or full custom avatars that mimic human movement.

At the heart of fix8 is H.E.A.R.T. (Human Expression Analysis and Rendering Technology), which digitizes human expressions, gestures, and movements via webcam, enabling users to create, interact, and share their creations across the web, TV, and soon mobile phones..."
Continue reading: Fix8 Brings Computer Generated Animation To The Webcam

Posted by @ Duncan Riley Techcrunch

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June 13, 2007

AIM Lite is a reference application for testing some new client technology developed at AOL, with the goal of being a simple, fun, light IM client.

AIM Lite Features:

- Buddy List management
- Friendly names
- Basic custom away messages
- Auto-hyperlinking
- Filtering
- Minimalist design and low memory usage

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RetroShare Instant Messenger is the next generation sharing network, which provides:

* A private Peer to Peer (P2P) Network which allows you to share information with only the friends you want to: So actually this Instant Messenger is a Friends-to-Friends Network.
* RetroShare Instant Messenger offers reliable Identification and Authentication of your trusted friends (RSA-Keys).
* An Introduction Scheme to bootstrap your friends over a Distributed Hash Table (DHT), which connects you your friends and facilitates network growth by easy connecting. Friends of Friends never connect.
* Because you connect direct and enryepted only to your trusted friends, it is a fast and safe transfer of files. No other open and serverless Instant Messenger has such enhanced Filesharing capabilities like you find here.
* Encrypted Communication, ensuring all shared information is known only to you and your trusted friends (neighbour peers).
* A Communication Platform which can potentially support services such as Secure Email to all of your friends, File Sharing, Video or Voice over IP and of course Instant Messaging.
* Roundabout, it is a decentralised (serverless), open source, social Sharing Network designed *for Friends* with no dependancies on any corporate system or central servers.

Retroshare Screenshots:

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If you have Windows network with NT Server in your organization, you have now ability to send messages to users that will popup on their screens all of the sudden.

This is similar to how you get the message box on the screen when printer completes the printing.

Administrators can use Messanger to send message to users asking them to log out. Or may be you just want to ask a colleague to come for a coffee! This application is right now in state of easy clicks.

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June 12, 2007

Download Adium Plugins

June 12, 2007

"Adium is a terrific free instant messaging client for Mac OS X that connects you to AIM, Jabber, GTalk, Yahoo, MSN and more all at once. The application is feature-packed as it is but, like so many other applications these days, users have developed plug-ins to make it even better. The complete list has been conveniently compiled in one place, but here's five cool ones to get you started..."
Continue reading: Five cool Adium plug-ins

Posted @ downloadsquad

Download other Adium plugins @ Adiumextras

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JBuddy IM Toolkits allows you create interactive IM Bots and IM applications.

JBuddy includes a powerful, yet easy to use IM Bot Framework so building and running IM bots is a snap. JBuddy IM Toolkits support public IM networks such as AIM, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo, and Google Talk as well as enterprise IM networks including Lotus Sametime, XMPP (aka Jabber), and now Microsoft Office Live Communications Server (aka LCS).

JBuddy IM Toolkits are available for Java, COM/.NET as well as JBuddy-CF for Macromedia ColdFusion MX 7.

The JBuddy IM Bot Framework supports IM Bot development with just XML but if you need more power, you can leverage system scripts and Java to tap into web services, databases, backend systems and more. Add real-time, interactive text-based communication capabilities to your applications in record time and open new channels of communications with your employees and customers.

JBuddy IM Toolkits support

* Common API for connectivity to AIM, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, Lotus Sametime, Microsoft Office Live Communications Server (Microsoft LCS), XMPP (Jabber) and Zion's JBuddy Message Server.
* Common API for sending and receiving IMs, Files, Presence, Buddy Lists and Privacy.
* Common API for Multi-User Conferencing
* Common API for composing and parsing Rich-Text IMs
* Built-in support for logging important communications for industry requirements including SEC and HIPPA.
* Encrypted Messaging for enterprise IM

via BigBlueBall Forums

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June 11, 2007

"Researchers at eEye Digital Security are reporting multiple vulnerabilities in Yahoo Messenger they say hackers can use to remotely execute code.

Yahoo spokesperson Terrell Karlsten confirmed the company is looking into a buffer overflow issue in an Active X control.

"Upon learning of the issue, we began working on a fix," she told eWEEK. She declined further comment until she had more details.

The flaws, given a threat level rating of "high" by the company, were reported to Yahoo June 5 and are not known to have been exploited in the wild. Version 8.x of the company's instant messaging (IM) client is at risk, the company said."
Continue reading : Yahoo Messenger Gets V for Vulnerabilities

Posted by Brian Prince @ eWeek

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Pidgin"Pidgin is an all in one instant messenger. Formerly known as Gaim but because AOL’s instant messenger (AIM) has similar name, they’d to change the name and they chose Pidgin. By all in one instant messenger, I mean that it supports and allows you to login to multiple networks, i.e. using Pidgin only you can access and chat with your friends on Yahoo messenger, Windows Live Messenger, Google Talk and lot others. Lets look at the PROS and CONS of Pidgin. We know that it has got one huge benefit, that it is a all in one messenger but is it good or not, lets find that out :"
Continue reading: Review of Pidgin (Formerly Gaim) - Free all in one messenger!

Posted @ ReviewSaurus

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June 10, 2007

Seams like Skype users lately is experiencing massive virus activity and also I have received potentially dangerous messages with suspicious links from Skype. That’s the reason why I decided to warn you - my blog readers, about Skype viruses, worms, Trojans and other dangerous shit and to give you some tips to avoid problems using Skype.

Actually I trust Skype and believe that you can get in trouble only if you don’t pay enough attention what are you downloading and what links are you clicking at Skype. I haven’t heard that Skype have any serious problems with the security without help of the user itself. So it means that you can avoid all these problems by using Skype carefully and paying more attention to security.
Continue reading : How to Protect Yourself From Skype Viruses

Posted by Maris @ Rotorblog

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